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Fulham   1 - 2   Tottenham

Roman Pavlyuchenko and Tom Huddlestone
Goals from Pavlyuchenko and Huddlestone earned Spurs a hard-fought win

By Oliver Brett

Tottenham ended Fulham's unbeaten start in the league with a come-from-behind win sealed with a goal that was very nearly disallowed for offside.

Fulham were the more consistent threat in the first half and led after Clint Dempsey evaded two defenders, setting up a simple goal for Diomansy Kamara.

But Spurs equalised immediately when Rafael van der Vaart turned Aaron Hughes to set up Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Tom Huddlestone's winner struck from range stood after consultation.

The assistant referee Martin Yerby had initially flagged for offside as he saw William Gallas drift past the last defender.

But by then Huddlestone's shot from a corner, driven right-footed from outside the area, was already heading for the bottom corner of Mark Schwarzer's goal.

Hughes queries ref's change of mind

Gallas made a cursory effort to toe-poke the ball home but Yerby and referee Mike Dean, following a lengthy pitchside conference, eventually agreed that the goal should stand.

Harry Redknapp's Spurs line-up was a strong one as they went in search of their first win at Craven Cottage in the league since 2002, and they started the brighter of the two sides.

Van der Vaart was playing in his preferred position just off lone front man Pavlyuchenko, with Luka Modric shifted to the right, but it was Gareth Bale skipping down the left wing who was the early danger, creating the first chance of the game for Pavlyuchenko, who dragged a shot wide.

Fulham were much better as the half developed, and Kamara should have given the home team the lead, but he could only head Simon Davies' corner wide after being picked out completely unmarked.

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Fulham's next chance saw Hughes nod Danny Murphy's right-wing cross over the top after a dreadful error from Modric.

Finally the home team got the lead they had begun to threaten. Dempsey, played in by Davies, escaped the attentions of Ledley King and Alan Hutton before a trickled cross found its way to Kamara, who gleefully side-footed the ball home.

But Tottenham sensationally levelled straight from kick-off. Huddlestone passed to Bale, who found Van der Vaart, and he left Hughes for dead with two terrific touches with his left foot.

Redknapp focused on retaining top four spot

The Dutchman chipped his shot against the crossbar, the ball dropping down to allow Pavlyuchenko to score from point-blank range.

Before the end of the half, Spurs lost their limping captain King, Sebastien Bassong coming on and at half-time Harry Redknapp pulled his central midfielder Sandro out of the action, sending Aaron Lennon to bomb down the right wing as Modric was pushed inside.

Schwarzer was on hand to deny Van der Vaart from Lennon's cross as Tottenham came out determined to find a winner.

Lennon then shot weakly at Schwarzer after being set up by Pavlyuchenko, but the next bit of action saw Spurs take a lead after most Fulham fans had spent a good 30 seconds assuming Huddlestone's goal was about to be disallowed.

It was a sickening moment for the home team, but in truth they only had themselves to blame for failing to take a point.

Kamara squandered two more excellent chances in the final quarter of the match, and Carlos Salcido should have done much better when Gomes flapped a cross into his path.

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 1-2 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Kamara 30
  • Pavlyuchenko 31
  • Huddlestone 63

Fulham

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 25,615
FULHAM
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Fulham 51%
  • Tottenham 49%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 6
  • Tottenham 6

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 6
  • Tottenham 8

Corners

  • Fulham 4
  • Tottenham 11

Fouls

  • Fulham 9
  • Tottenham 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:26 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:56 Gareth Bale decides to take the corner short.
  • 90:00+2:24 Short corner worked by Gareth Bale.
  • 88:51 Peter Crouch is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 88:34 Stephen Kelly sends in a cross, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 87:17 Luka Modric is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Baird from right channel, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:30 Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Baird. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 84:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Gallas by Clinton Dempsey. William Gallas takes the free kick.
  • 84:50 Booking The referee cautions Clinton Dempsey for dissent.
  • 84:21 Aaron Lennon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 83:09 The referee blows for offside against Diomansy Kamara. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 83:09 Substitution Eddie Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Greening.
  • 82:24 A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly, Diomansy Kamara produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 81:32 Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hughes. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:08 The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.
  • 79:58 Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer by Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 79:48 Alan Hutton takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 79:33 Luka Modric decides to take a short corner.
  • 79:09 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
  • 78:10 Effort on goal by Carlos Salcido from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 77:55 Simon Davies produces a cross, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 76:47 Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 74:51 Substitution Moussa Dembele goes off and Zoltan Gera comes on.
  • 74:34 Effort from outside the penalty box by Clinton Dempsey goes wide left of the goal.
  • 74:08 Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
  • 73:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Clinton Dempsey. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan Greening from right channel, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 70:40 Aaron Lennon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 70:10 Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Jonathan Greening, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
  • 69:09 Substitution Peter Crouch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 68:54 Effort from the edge of the area by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 68:42 Aaron Lennon produces a cross, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
  • 68:04 Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Chris Baird.
  • 66:52 Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:21 The assistant referee flags for offside against Moussa Dembele. Sebastien Bassong takes the free kick.
  • 62:58 GOAL - Tom HuddlestoneFulham 1 - 2 Tottenham Tom Huddlestone finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-2 Tottenham.
  • 62:42 Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale.
  • 62:32 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 60:26 Clinton Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Gallas. Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:19 Foul by Simon Davies on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:42 Centre by Gareth Bale, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 56:58 Shot from 12 yards from Aaron Lennon. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 56:10 Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line.
  • 55:39 Corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line, Chris Baird takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 53:36 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gareth Bale.
  • 53:27 Alan Hutton crosses the ball, Stephen Kelly makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 51:31 Short corner worked by Luka Modric.
  • Correction - 51:31 Substitution Stephen Kelly replaces Danny Murphy.
  • 51:31 Short corner taken by Luka Modric from the left by-line.
  • 51:31 Substitution Danny Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Kelly.
  • 48:18 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 48:08 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 47:31 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the left by-line, clearance by Diomansy Kamara.
  • 46:31 Alan Hutton delivers the ball, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 45:42 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution Aaron Lennon comes on in place of Raniere Sandro.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:01 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:21 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 44:24 Jonathan Greening produces a cross, Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 43:41 Corner from left by-line taken by Simon Davies.
  • 43:06 Substitution Ledley King goes off and Sebastien Bassong comes on.
  • 42:05 Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 41:35 A cross is delivered by Clinton Dempsey, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:46 Benoit Assou-Ekotto handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 39:04 Clinton Dempsey is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:59 Clinton Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 35:14 Roman Pavlyuchenko produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 33:04 Clinton Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • Correction - 30:48 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Assist on the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 30:48 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Rafael Van der Vaart provided the assist for the goal.
  • 30:48 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoFulham 1 - 1 Tottenham A goal is scored by Roman Pavlyuchenko from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Tottenham.
  • 29:51 Assist on the goal came from Clinton Dempsey.
  • 29:51 GOAL - Diomansy KamaraFulham 1 - 0 Tottenham Diomansy Kamara fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Tottenham.
  • 29:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Clinton Dempsey. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
  • 28:52 The ball is swung over by Carlos Salcido, clearance by Alan Hutton.
  • 28:40 Chris Baird delivers the ball, clearance made by Ledley King.
  • 27:15 Carlos Salcido has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 26:12 Jonathan Greening crosses the ball, clearance by Ledley King.
  • 24:32 Roman Pavlyuchenko is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:52 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
  • 22:58 Booking Raniere Sandro goes into the book.
  • 22:10 Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Davies. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
  • 20:54 Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Strike comes in from Danny Murphy from the free kick.
  • 19:36 Raniere Sandro concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Jonathan Greening restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:58 Alan Hutton fouled by Moussa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the free kick.
  • 17:15 The ball is delivered by Moussa Dembele, Benoit Assou-Ekotto manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:16 Diomansy Kamara challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 15:47 Foul by Roman Pavlyuchenko on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Carlos Salcido takes the free kick.
  • 14:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Ledley King. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 13:17 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Diomansy Kamara has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 12:02 Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 11:05 The official flags Diomansy Kamara offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ledley King.
  • 9:56 Raniere Sandro has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 8:08 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale.
  • 5:38 Centre by Gareth Bale, Roman Pavlyuchenko produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 5:08 Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, Danny Murphy makes a clearance.
  • 4:55 Gareth Bale produces a cross, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
  • 4:39 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
  • 1:39 Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line.
  • 1:24 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 21 19
2 Arsenal 8 8 14
3 Man Utd 8 7 14
4 Man City 7 6 14
5 Tottenham 8 3 14
6 West Brom 8 -3 12
7 Bolton 8 0 11
8 Aston Villa 8 -3 11
9 Stoke 8 -2 10
10 Blackpool 7 -4 10
11 Fulham 8 0 9
12 Wigan 8 -9 9
13 Newcastle 8 0 8
14 Sunderland 7 0 8
15 Blackburn 7 -1 8
16 Birmingham 8 -4 7
17 Everton 7 -1 6
18 Liverpool 7 -4 6
19 Wolves 8 -5 6
20 West Ham 8 -9 6

see also
Ref refuses to discuss Spurs goal
16 Oct 10 |  Premier League
Saturday's football photos
16 Oct 10 |  Premier League
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